Wednesday Wait Loss 75

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share your quilty works in progress and recent finished quilts with us!

Let me tell you what I've been up to.

I got my June Island Batik challenge quilt done, and wrote up a post all about it.

The June challenge was to make a modern quilt. I'm really liking this one! Considering I had to finish it using my small portable sewing machine (my big machine is in the shop--I hope it makes it because I don't know if I can afford to replace it right now.)

The July challenge is to design a quilt with a secondary pattern. I've got my idea for that one and need to finalize which fabrics I'm using.

I also worked on O Tannenbaum, the WIP challenge at the quilt shop where I work. I've got to finish the applique for the challenge and if I do, the top will be done! My plan is to do a little each night.

In addition, I recapped my goals for June and posted my goals for July. Yeah, some prayers are needed! <grin>

Oh! I made a video of the opening of the latest box I've received from Island Batik. I won't spoil anything, but I can tell you it's filled with batik goodness! The video is being edited by my daughter and I should be able to post it on Saturday.

Yesterday I finished Block 5 for the Fall into QAL. Please join us! Click here to see the schedule for the quilt along.

So it's been a busy week!

Let's see who made this week's feature.

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First up this week is Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting. Bobbi shared her tips for making block-sized design boards. If you've never thought of making one of these, you really should! I have one that I bought years ago at a quilt retreat and I love it. I use it to organize block pieces before sewing them together, and to go back and forth to the ironing board.

Next up is Alice, who finished this awesome quilt for a recent graduate. I really love the colors in this one. It's like a gorgeous stained glass window! Alice shared the back of her quilt as well, which is almost as gorgeous as the front!

Finally, I'd like to feature Gail @ Quilting Gail, who shared a baby quilt with Minky on the back.

Despite sharing a quilt finish, Gail was feeling a bit melancholy so she shared the reasons why her UFOs never get done. I'll bet we can all relate that! Please stop by her blog and give her a good dose of WWL (Wednesday Wait Loss) encouragement!

Congratulations Bobbi, Alice, and Gail! Thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us.  Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs.

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Our next special link up is next week on July 18th!

The US celebrates it's independence in July, so let's fill up next week's linkup with red, white, and blue quilts.

I'll be having another giveaway, so get your quilts ready for the link up! To qualify, quilts do not need to be patriotic or have anything to do with the Fourth of July, but they do need to contain at least some red, some white, and some blue (all three colors). You'll get one chance for every WIP or finished quilt you link up, and an extra chance if that project is red, white, and blue!

OK, time to link up! Remember, if you need help linking up, click here for detailed step by steps.

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Fall into a QAL: Block 5 Acorns

Welcome to Block 5 of the Fall Into a QAL, a mystery quilt along by Partners in Design.

If you'd like to quilt along with us, click here to learn more.

The fifth block in our quilt along was designed by Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and it’s acorns!

Acorns make ms smile because I can't look at them without thinking of squirrels, and squirrels are funny! I love how they freeze when they see you and then try to pretend they aren't visible. I love how they chatter at you, fluff their tails, and most of all, how they hide acorns and then forget where they are. I can so relate to that! <grin>

This week, Kathleen has given you two options for finishing her block--simple piecing or split applique. I chose to use split applique for my block because I can use more fabrics! <grin>

Here’s my version of the block.

This block uses raw edge split applique to create the four small acorns. If you’ve never used this technique before--no worries! As a quilt along host, I’m here to help.

My Fabric Pull for This Block

As before, I had some goals for this block. First, I wanted to make sure that the background I chose for this block complimented the other background fabrics I've already used. After debuting lots of candidates, I finally hit on the one I wanted to use.

Second, I wanted each acorn to have its own personality. So I started by selecting fabrics in pairs--one for the body and the other for the top. The stems I would think about later. Here's are the four pairs of fabrics I came up with. I loved some of these funky fabrics, but the overall combination just didn't gel for me.

So the next day I started over. I decided that although I love scrappy, I wanted this block to have some order to it. So I decided to break the four pairs into two sets of pairs that would coordinate with each other. That idea seemed to be all I needed, because I quickly hit on the idea of having one set of pairs with red tops and the other with brown tops.

Finally, I hit on a two sets of pairs that not only complimented each other, but the other set as well. And all four pairs looked good on the background I'd selected!

Then I looked at the pattern again and realized there are two backgrounds. Not that I had to go that way, but I liked the idea. So I went back into my stash and found another background that worked with my acorn fabrics and also with the original background I'd selected.

Finally, the fabrics for this new block needed to compliment the fabrics I'd used in my first four blocks so I auditioned them together before making my final decisions.

As usual I laid the fabrics I was considering as they would be used in the block so I could be sure I liked how everything was working together.

Block Tips

Here are my tips for making the block:

  • First, you need to print out the templates on page 2 of the pattern. Be sure to print at 100% and DO NOT scale the pattern to fit. I always measure my printout to make sure it's right. (So thankful when a designer includes a test square you can measure!)
  • Cut your background squares 7-1/4” as instructed. Finishing your applique may shrink up the background a bit, so having a larger than needed background square allows you to trim it to the final size (in this case, 6-1/2") after you've stitched down the edges of your applique shapes.
  • As you know by now, I use the Crafted Applique method for my fusible applique. This method fuses the edges of your applique shapes so they won't fray. It also replaces fusible, so the steps I follow are a bit different. With Crafted Applique, you don't  need to stitch the edges of each shape although I do anyway because for me the shapes only seem to "fuse" to the fabric temporarily. You don't need to stitch the edges to keep them from fraying however. So I just straight-stitch the shapes down (instead of using a blanket stitch or a satin stitch) so it's easy.

So after using the Crafted Applique method to prepare the back of my fabrics, I cut the shapes out as instructed. I should stop here and mention that I tested the stem shape on my fabrics to decide which way was "up" for me. I loved the sweep of the one side, but decided against using it as the top because I thought the straight-across side would be easier to align when I got to the "sew the two halves of each acorn together" part. So I chopped off the curved end of the stem shape to make it easier to cut out (since it was now the bottom of the stem).

  • Next I finger-pressed the background square as directed in the pattern, and "fused" my shapes in place. Now, I normally advocate building a complex shape off the background, fusing those pieces together on a pressing sheet, and then taking the whole thing to the background and fusing it place. However, in this instance, I just thought that that process would make placing the acorn so that the different halves matched up all that more difficult. So I fused the body first, measuring up 1" from the bottom as suggested. Next, I fused the stem, measuring 1" down from the top. I kept both pieces centered vertically by matching the folds.

Then I simply laid the acorn top on the stem, 5/8" down from the top of the stem. I measured this so the acorn tops would also match across the split seam.

  • After I'd fused everything, I decided to go ahead and stitch the edges down. The pattern tells you to cut the blocks in half and sew them together before stitching, but with the Crafted Applique method the fusing isn't exactly permanent so I decided to stitch them in place now rather than later. I also figured it would be easier since I was using so many colors to stitch an entire acorn rather than lots of halves.

For my block, I used Aurifil 80 wt. #2372 (Dark Antique Gold); Sulky 40 wt. #1035 (Dark Burgundy); Wonderfil Invisifil #719 (Copper) and #703 (Tangerine) and #720 (Chocolate); and Mettler 30 wt. #528 (Rust) to finish the edges of my applique.

After stitching the acorns down, I trimmed the acorn units to 6-1/2" as instructed and then cut them in half. Then I laid out the acorn halves in pairs the way I wanted the block to look.

I pinned to match the top edges of the stem and the acorn top, and the point at the bottom of the acorn body then sewed the acorn halves together. Since I'd measured when placing the shapes, I found that they matched up pretty good! Finally, I pressed my seams open as instructed,

Finally, I sewed the acorn units together and trimmed my final block to size.

If you have any questions while making this block, feel free to post them here in the comments. Just be sure to enter an email address when prompted so I can get back to you quickly.

My Quilt So Far

Here are my five quilt blocks. I'm really loving this!

Where do i get the block pattern?

Drop by Kathy's blog to download your free acorn block pattern. Remember you have two choices--pieced or split applique.

Visit the other hosts if you want to see their versions of this block and gather ideas for your own version. Here are the hosts:

Abbie at Sparkle On
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vanda at Quilting with Vanda

If you want to see the schedule for the quilt along and the list of block designers, click here.

How Do I Enter the Giveaway?

First, you must be 18 years old to enter. Then, to enter the Acorn block giveaway simply make the block and post it in one of these three places before the deadline.

You have until Monday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm EST to post your block for a chance to win this awesome prize package—one Vintage Kit table runner pattern and one Vintage Garden Wall Hanging pattern from Shabby Fabrics and one From the Chateau charm pack from Wilmington Prints donated by Kathy herself!

Shabby Fabrics, by the way, has tons of fabrics, patterns, and kits. If you want to see all the beautiful items they carry, you can request a catalog.

On Tuesday, July 24th be sure to come back here for the next block in our quilt along! You can follow me on social media or sign up for my newsletter if you’d like a reminder when the next block is posted. You’ll find all the ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar. If you have any general questions about the quilt along or would like to see the complete schedule, click the Fall into a QAL tab above.

A Special thank-you to our sponsors

The Final Grand prize package for our quilt along will be announced October 16th.

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My July Goals

My regular readers know that I like to post my monthly goals in an effort to push me to finish projects in a timely manner.

Here are my goals for July:

  • Make the June block for Bee Inspired. Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch was the June queen, and she asked us to pick a block for her. She's provided some example blocks and a bright palette, and the rest is up to us! Luckily, I have a plan.
  • Make the July block for Bee Inspired. Susan @ Seven Oak Street Quilts is the Bee Inspired Queen for July. Her block is this sweet toadstool. The blocks are for a quilt she's making for her great-niece Tilly. The block is a modified version of a block created by I Am Lunasol, which is similar to a block designed by Patty Sloniger.

Susan's color palette is red, grey and white. I can't wait to get started on this one!

  • Quilt samples for an upcoming workshop. I need quilted samples for my October workshops. The red table runner (Peppermint Twist) uses plain setting triangles and the blue one (Water Vortex) uses pieced setting triangles.

Water Vortex and Peppermint Twist table runnerrs

  • Make a quilt for the Island Batik challenge for July. This month's challenge is to make a quilt with a secondary pattern. I've got a plan for this one too!
  • Finish the applique on my O Tannenbaum quilt top. This project has been a work in progress for forever it seems. It uses intricate piecing, paper-piecing, and applique. The fabrics are all from my stash, so that should tell you something about how large that is! <grin> Anyway, it's my August PIGS challenge (the WIP challenge at the shop where I work) and it's due the first week of August.

O Tannenbaum, by the way, is a 10 month BOM pattern designed by Hilary Gooding. The minute I saw it, I knew I had to make it. You can still purchase the pattern here if you like.

  • Write one pattern for Timeless Treasures. The pattern Dino Roar! will be available as a free download on the Timeless Treasures website and it features the Dino Parade collection.
  • Write a Ruby McKim pattern. I've been given the assignment of writing a pattern for McKim Studios, converting a Ruby McKim original pattern into digital form. It's an honor that I find daunting. Can't wait to get started.
  • Finish the design for my project for the Designer's Showcase. I'll be the featured designer at QuilterChic in September, and I need to complete the finishing touches on my project. Each month, the project designed by the guest designer is provided free in PDF form.
  • Create and share a video of my second box of batiks from Island Batik. My second box of batiks is on its way, and as an Island Batik Ambassador, I need to make a video of the box opening and share it all with you! Making the video takes some time, but enjoying the box's contents is instantaneous. Be sure to stay tuned as the box is due to arrive this weekend. To give you a taste of what the box might contain, here's my last box opening video from earlier this year.
  • Make the two July blocks for the Fall into a Quilt Along Blocks are released every two weeks, and as a host, I make the blocks and provide any assistance I can. The next block will be released next Tuesday. You'll find the quilt along schedule here.

    Well, that's it! There are 13 items to complete, which is a bit shorter than last month. Still, wish me luck as I try to complete a long list of projects!

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    June Goals: Recap

    At the beginning of the month, I published my goals for June. How well did I do at meeting them? We're about to find out...

    I'm happy to say that I not only got the block done, I sent it off to Emily and she has received it and put it into a small wall hanging!

    • Make the May block for Bee Inspired. Velda @ Freckled Fox Quiltery was the Queen for May, and she picked Sweet Cakes by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics as her block. I've got the block pieced but there was a little surprise applique I wanted to add, so it sits next to my sewing machine. Hopefully I'll get it done this weekend.
    • Make the June block for Bee Inspired. Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch is this month's queen, and she's letting us choose a block for her. Sounds hard, and it is, but she has provided a photo of blocks she likes as inspiration. These are all from the Quilter's Cache. I know what block I'm doing so all that's left is choosing the fabrics (she provided the color palette below) and making it. Yeah, easy. <grin>
    • Quilt samples for an upcoming workshop. My table topper workshops are now in October so I've got some time on this one. Unfortunately, my sewing machine threw a screw so it sits in line at the shop waiting to be fixed. Fingers crossed that it can be repaired! Until then I've got my small portable machine that only does three versions of a straight stitch and two of a zig-zag. I know what I wanted to quilt for these two and straight stitching isn't it so I'll just wait. The red table runner (Peppermint Twist) uses plain setting triangles and the blue one (Water Vortex) uses pieced setting triangles.

    Peppermint Twist and Water Vortex table runners, courtesy of friends!

    • Make a quilt for the Island Batik challenge for June. This month's challenge is to make a modern quilt. I got this one done and you can read about it here. I'm calling my quilt Heat Wave in the hopes of shaming the weather into producing cooler temperatures (OK, I just made that up--not the title, but the reason. <grin)
    • Sew two Funky Friends for the Island Batik Fall Market booth. Island Batik displays little stuffed animals in their Market booths, and Island Batik Ambassadors volunteer to make them. These cute patterns are by Funky Friends. I can't show you what I made because they feature Fall Market fabrics, but I can share images of the type of Funky Friends I made--Memory Bear and Punju Peacock.
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    • Write two patterns for Timeless Treasures. Got one of these done it is available on the Timeless Treasures website for free. The name of the pattern is Cobbles, and it features the Little Star fabric collection by Timeless Treasures.

    The other pattern (Dino Roar!) will be finished soon. It will also be available for free download from the Timeless Treasures website (hopefully soon!) and I'll let you know when it is.

    Cobbles, featuring the Little Star collection by Timeless Treasures

    Dino Roar! featuring the Dino Parade collection by Timeless Treasures

    • Write one pattern for Dear Stella. Got this one done as well. It's not yet available for free download yet but I'll let you know when it is and where you can get it.

    Flight Pattern, featuring the Take Flight collection for Dear Stella

    • Finish my PIG for July. Always in Stitches (the quilt shop where I work) challenges its workers to knock off an item on our PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) list each month. PIGS is just a cute way of saying WIP. Anyway, for July I was to finish my quilt along top from last year by adding borders and I'm proud to say I got it done! The top needed some help before I could add the borders (apparently in my rush to get it done for the QAL post, I messed up a few seams) so I did that first then added the borders. I have no idea how to quilt this, so it's in my back brain jelling ideas.
    • Make the June blocks for the Fall into a Quilt Along Blocks are released every two weeks in the quilt along, and you can still join us if you'd like! . Click here to see the entire quilt along schedule.

    In June, Block 3: Bonfire and Block 4: Sunflower were released. Read my posts to see my blocks and to learn where you can get the patterns. Block 5 will be released on Tuesday, July 10th.

      So that's a recap of June. How did I do? Lets see. I had 14 projects to work on, and I got 9 done. 64%! At least that's better than last month where I only got half the projects done. <grin>

       Maybe I can do better this month. I'll share my goals for July with you on Monday.

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